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 Putin allows German and French experts to monitor Kerch Strait, - Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin had agreed to a proposal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for German and French experts to monitor the Kerch Strait near occupied Crimea.

"Over a month ago, Chancellor Merkel asked President Putin to allow German specialists to visit the Kerch Strait and see how the passage through those waters was being conducted with due account of security regulations. [...] President Putin granted the request right away," Lavrov said at a press conference after talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

Merkel asked some time later for French specialists accompanying German ones, and Putin also agreed to do that, he said.

According to Lavrov, he had received a proposal from Maas "which 'wraps' this simple trip into a certain document that requires coordination with Ukraine."

"We said honestly that if our colleagues were interested in doing what President Putin had promised to Chancellor Merkel, they could do so today, tomorrow, any time. But if the idea is to create some political procedure, in which the Ukrainian side is entitled to making certain decisions, we are running the risk of repeating the situation, which the Normandy format found itself in with the Steinmeier formula," Lavrov said.

Heiko Maas added that the free passage is guaranteed; all parties confirm that.

"Of course, we will continue discussions in furtherance of the agreements reached by President Putin and Federal Chancellor Merkel in Buenos Aires regarding the possibility of the documentation of the guarantee of free passage by Germany and France," Maas said. "Of course, we will continue discussions in furtherance of the agreements reached by President Putin and Federal Chancellor Merkel in Buenos Aires regarding the possibility of the documentation of the guarantee of free passage by Germany and France," Maas said.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3107121
 
 
 
 
 
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